What's your favourite Christmas scene in a book?
It has to be Hogsmeade during December festivities in the "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban". The third book is my favourite one and the idea of Christmasy Hogsmeade is the coziest thing ever.
Do you have any Christmas book traditions?
Every year, when December rolls around, I reach for my beloved festive story which is "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. I have a soft spot for timeless classics and when the story is all about Christmas...what can I say, I'm just in love with the idea behind this book.
Do you prefer to get presents of book vouchers or books?
Vouchers, definitely. Unless it's a person who really knows my taste in literature (and I don't think there's a person on this planet who actually does), I really would prefer to stock my bookshelves on my own. Oh, and unless it's any of the Penguin Clothbound Classics. I know you don't judge a book by its cover, but come on, these editions are just beautiful.
Books are great gifts as long as you know that the person will really enjoy it. Last May in Paris I got a book of Baudelaire's poetry for my friend's birthday but that was only because I knew he loved his poems.
What bookish item is on your Christmas list?
How about Belle's library from 'The Beauty and the Beast"? And I mean, like, the whole room, please? Because of this story, ever since childhood my expectation of a gift from your boyfriend is really high. Who cares about flowers or chocolate when Belle has been gifted with a bloody library. Very unlikely to happen but a girl can dream, I guess.
What 3 books would you love Santa to have in his sack for you?
Real all the way! That's a must for the main living room, I love the scent of spruce. But I don't mind having smaller fake trees around the house.
What's your favourite thing about Christmas?
The atmosphere. The jolliness, the fact that it's about giving to others, going home for Christmas, spending time with family and long-unseen friends, Christmas baking, Christmas shopping, Christmas music - it all adds up to the most wonderful time of the year!
What Christmas book would you recommend?
Previously mentioned "A Christmas Carol". Couldn't praise it enough. It's a magical and touching read and I talk more about it here.
What dish on your Christmas menu are you most looking forward to?
Poppy seed cake with delicacies (which for some reason only tastes so good during Christmas) and my mom's creamy mushroom soup!
When do you open your Christmas presents?
Although I live in the UK, I spend Christmas back home in Poland where the most important day is actually Christmas Eve! So we open presents just after the festive supper in the evening.
What's your favourite Christmas song?
This cover is simpy perfect.
Are you dreaming of a White Christmas?